Mills is terrible! If you are concerned about where to bring your child, do you research -Mills is not the place to go. We have found the teaching faculty to be insensitive, lazy, and arrogant. They are only concerned about collecting their pay. The the pto is very active, but the teachers do not nurture the students. Mills is not recommended.
Mills high school isn't really what its cracked up to be. The students are excellent, humble, quiet in nature, sometimes too timid. Students are under so much stress, by the non-supportive teaching staff and trying to keep up with the academic expectations. We do not recommend this high school to anyone who cares about their child's academics, nuturing growth and confidence. Parents beware!
Mills is a good school if your child is an over achiever or if your child needs special help. If you child is in the middle forget it. Mills only cares about who going to what college. The counselors don't really care what your child is in they dont have the time to help. There are no electives offered for students. Overall its alright.
Mills has a lot of diversity. The teachers want the students excell in every course they enroll in.
Mills is suppose to be one of the best high schools in the county, but in reality it is not, there are only a handfull of teachers who do truly care about their students and want them to learn. The rest slack and are lazy. I go to uc berkeley, and I feel that I was never prepared at all after attending mills. I am definately sending my kids to private school. Also, they are taking away important things like athletics and trying to make it a purely academic, 7 period school. Ridiculous.
I am also a teacher at Mills. We just got a new principal (Chris Moore) that is caring, competent and effective. The change in leadership was palpable and immediate, leading to a more student-centered approach. We have very high standards for students, but it's also a place where a majority of teachers volunteer to mentor students, make themselves available to students all hours of the day in person or via email, and attend their piano recitals. Mills is truly a place where students can succeed, and the vast majority of the faculty and leadership team are completely committed to helping them becoming lifelong learners. It's a pleasure to be a teacher at Mills.
I am a teacher at Mills. Unless your child is self-sufficient and good at taking tests, Mills isn't the school for your child. With the exception of the Dean and one of the assistant principals, never once have I seen the Principal talk to kids during lunch or brunch (unless it was to tell them to pick up trash). I leave meetings feeling frustrated because of conservative and apathetic views of the leadership team. The students do not get any personalization from them with the exception with a few teachers. Send your child to Mills if you want your child to experience what it feels like being pushed through the Mills Factory and not getting much else out of their high school experience.
Mills is a wonderful High School, that I would recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful learning environment for their kids. No need to pay private school tuition, when your kids can attend Mills H.S.
My twin sons are in their second year at Mills High School but I could tell from our first meeting with teachers and counselors that this was going to be a place they were going to suceed. This school has goals, focus and a plan to have all their students learn and become independent adults. The thing that impresses me most is that they have expectations from their students. They don't seem to have the policy of passing a student even if they are failing. My sons' first year was tough but they learned so much and are well prepared for this coming year. I have complete confidence in this school to teach my children well so they can suceed in the real world.
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